The Association of Research Libraries (ARL) has published the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2016–2017, which analyzes salary data for professional staff working in the 124 ARL member libraries during 2016–2017. Data are reported for 10,245 professional staff in the 114 university ARL libraries and for 5,337 professional staff in the 10 nonuniversity ARL libraries. In the Salary Survey, data for university library staff are usually reported in three distinct groups: general library systems, health sciences libraries, and law libraries.
The 2016–2017 data show that salary increases for professional staff in Canadian and US ARL libraries surpassed inflation. The median salary for professionals in US ARL university libraries in 2016–2017 was $72,560, an increase of 1.9% over the 2015–2016 median salary of $71,203. The US CPI rose 0.8% during the same period. The Canadian CPI rose 1.3%, and median salaries in Canadian university libraries increased from $94,236 (Canadian dollars) to $97,380 (Canadian dollars), a rise of 3.3%.
The ARL Annual Salary Survey 2016–2017 analyzes salary data from a number of different perspectives, including race, ethnicity, and gender. Minority librarians make up 15.0% of the professional staff in US ARL university libraries; the percentage of minorities in managerial or administrative positions is lower. Women comprise 67.5% of minority staff members. Gender-based salary differentials persist in ARL libraries in 2016–2017. The overall salary for women in the 114 ARL university libraries is 94.8% of that paid to men.
Other characteristics of ARL university libraries, such as size, public/private status, and location are also significant determinants of salary. The current state of these indicators is outlined in the Salary Survey’s introduction and extensive tables.
ARL Annual Salary Survey 2016–2017
Shaneka Morris, comp. and ed.
2018 • 159 pages
The online version of the ARL Annual Salary Survey 2016–2017 includes access to a downloadable Microsoft Excel file of the data tables that are presented in the publication.
ISBN 978-1-59407-986-3 • ISSN 1930-367X
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